Newtown, CT Elementary School Shooting Tally Rises To 27 Dead, Of Whom 20 Children - Live Video

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Update 4: the NYT has released a brief biopic on Lanza's, who it turns out had Asperger's Syndrome:

He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class, and sat near the door so he could readily slip in and out. When called upon, he was intelligent, but nervous and fidgety, spitting his words out, as if having to speak up were painful.


Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him.


He did all he could to avoid attention, it seemed.


Until Friday.


The authorities said Mr. Lanza, 20, wearing combat gear, carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s history. He killed 20 children and six adults at the elementary school where his mother worked, they said. He then apparently turned his gun on himself. The police said he also earlier killed his mother.


In his brief adulthood, Mr. Lanza had left few footprints, electronic or otherwise. He apparently had no Facebook page, unlike his older brother, Ryan, a Hoboken, N.J., resident who for several hours on Friday was misidentified in news reports as the perpetrator of the massacre.


Adam Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, “Camera shy.” Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school.


Matt Baier, now a junior at the University of Connecticut, and other high school classmates recalled how deeply uncomfortable Mr. Lanza was in social situations.


Several said in separate interviews that it was their understanding that he had a developmental disorder. They said they had been told that the disorder was Asperger syndrome, which is considered to be a high functioning form of autism.


“It’s not like people picked on him for it,” Mr. Baier said. “From what I saw, people just let him be and that was that.”


One former classmate who said he was familiar with the disorder described Mr. Lanza as having “very flat affect,” adding, “If you looked at him, you couldn’t see any emotions going through his head.”


Others said Mr. Lanza’s evident discomfort prompted giggles from those who did not understand him.


Law enforcement officials said Friday that they were closely examining whether Mr. Lanza had such a disorder.

More here. Indeed, there is a statistical predisposition, at least anecdotally, for those with Asperger's toward both murder and violence.  In other words, watch as the debate rages over the traditional bogeyman of gun control, in a country with over three hundred million weapons, when we may well simply be talking about a mentally ill young adult.

As for the misidentified Ryan, who for a few brief hours was presented by law enforcement as the suspected shoorter, we learn from the WSJ:

Israel raids Palestinian NGO officesKatie Colaneri, a 24-year-old resident of Hoboken, N.J., described herself as a friend of Ryan, the suspect’s brother who for hours Friday was incorrectly identified as the alleged gunman. “He [is] a little shy, but very nice and sweet,” said Ms. Colaneri, who has known Ryan for over a year.


She said Ryan is a gentle guy who was  devoted to his job at the Ernst & Young accounting firm. A representative for Ernst & Young would not comment on his employment status.


A law-enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press that Ryan has been “extremely co-operative” and is not under arrest, although he was still being question late Friday.


The official said Ryan’s computers and phone records were being searched but only “in an abundance of caution.” Ryan told authorities he had not been in touch with his brother Adam in recent years, and the official said he isn’t believed to have any connection to the school killings.


In Hoboken, Ryan lives in a newer building that was hard-hit by superstorm Sandy, Ms. Colaneri said. He lost power for a number of days following the storm.


The last time she saw him, about a month ago, Ms. Colaneri recalled that Ryan ran up to her and gave her a hug.  ”I’m really shocked,” she said. “As the details unfolded, I was totally devastated.”

Update 3: ABC has released a picture of the real shooter, Adam Lanza, taken in 2005 when he was ~13 years old.

Update 2 : NY Post now refuting CNN's initial report, and stating that the shooter's real name is Adam Lanza, not Ryan Lanza, who is instead brother of the latter. At this point there appears to be a ridiculous amount of confusion who did what, so it perhaps would be prudent on behalf of the authorities to double check this information before releasing it to the media. And just out from AP:

The AP confirms this further here:

The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.


Adam Lanza's older brother, Ryan, 24, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police, said the first official. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.


Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.


The first official said Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


According to the second official, the suspect drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother's car. Three guns were found at the scene — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols — and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.


The official also said Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.


Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had Ryan Lanza's identification.


Ryan Lanza has a Facebook page that posted updates Friday afternoon that read that "it wasn't me" and "I was at work."

Update: According to CNN the shooter's name is Ryan Lanza, out of New Jersey. Based on a White Pages reverse lookup there is an 18-24 year old Ryan Lanza living in Hoboken, NJ whose FaceBook profile lists Newtown, CT as his home city. Whether it is the same person remains to be confirmed officially.


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Sadly, increasingly it appears that not a day, and certainly not a week can pass, in the US without news of some mass killing somewhere. Several days ago its was a mall in Oregon, and today it is a shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Here is what is known: the shooter, who CBS reports is a 20 year old from New Jersey, is reported to be dead. A second shooting suspect, a 24 year old man with a bulletproof vest and 4 guns has been apprehended in custody (this has subsequently been not confirmed). According to CBS 27 people are dead, of whom 18, Connecticut Post 27 people are dead, of whom 20 tragically, children. Among the dead are the principal and the school psychologist. The AP has already dubbed it "the worst school tragedy in American history."

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Live streaming updates on everything Newtown related can be found on the Reuters website here.

More from Reuters:

 At least 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials.


If confirmed, it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. The holiday season tragedy follows a series of shooting rampages in the United States this year that have killed multiple victims, and it was certain to revive a debate about U.S. gun laws.


The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said. Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots with some saying as many as 100 were fired.


The suspected shooter, 24, was armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, WABC reported.


There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter.


Another person was being held in police custody after he was detained in the woods near the school wearing camouflage pants, CBS reported.


Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from kindergarten through fourth grade - roughly ages 5 to 10.


"It was horrendous," said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade. "Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied."


Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school. Parents were seen reuniting with their children and taking them home.


"This is going to be bad," a state official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because the scope of the tragedy remained uncertain.


President Barack Obama was notified and would receive regular updates throughout the day, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.


"We're still waiting for more information about the incident in Connecticut," Carney said when asked about the president's reaction to it.


Carney called the event "tragic" and said there would be time later for a discussion of policy implications.


Obama remains committed to trying to renew a ban on assault weapons, Carney said.


All Newtown schools were placed in lockdown after the shooting, the Newtown Public School District said.


Lebinski said a mother who was at the school during the shooting told her a "masked man" entered the principal's office and may have shot the principal. Lebinski, who is friends with the mother who was at the school, said the principal was "severely injured."


Lebinski's daughter's teacher "immediately locked the door to the classroom and put all the kids in the corner of the room."


Danbury Hospital, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the school, had received three patients from the scene, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut. The mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, told MSNBC: "They are very serious injuries."

An early report from CBS:

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left several children and the gunman dead, law enforcement sources tell CBS News. At least one teacher was wounded in the shooting that sent frightened pupils into the parking lot.


It is unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school.


Law enforcement sources told CBS News senior correspondent John Miller that preliminary and unconfirmed information indicates that the shooter was the father of a student.


The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.


It wasn't clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV reports around 600 students attend the school.


Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance described the situation to CBS New York station WCBS-AM as a "very serious school shooting."


A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.


Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.


"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.


Lisa Bailey, a Newtown resident with three children in Newtown schools, told, "Newtown is a quiet town. I'd never expect this to happen here. It's so scary. Your kids are not safe anywhere."


The superintendent's office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.


State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m.

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TBT or not TBT's picture

Well he wasn't quite "ordinary" now was he?

SAT 800's picture

Using your head, as you reccomend; reveals that it makes gun ownership much more acceptable; more desirable, in deed. You see we have to deal with the facts as they exist in the real world; we don't want the crazed attacker with his gun to be confronted with a sincere school teacher with a kitchen knife. It is absolutely physically impossible to remove guns from the north american continent. It would be much better for everyone concerned if the hall monitors; or the janitor; or the principal; or willing participating teachers were trained in hand gun use; and practising daily concealed carry. As you observe the best defense in a gun battle is a gun. As a matter of fact anyone with a reasonable amount of experience with human beings and how they act would predict that fewer murders would show up at school if they fully expected to be confronted with lethal force.

nmewn's picture

Well said.

If the the office, where the shooter first went...had been armed...there would be less dead babies.

As it is, its a crime to be within 500ft? of a school (let alone it) with a gun.

nmewn's picture

Sure thing...

"Woodham drove his mother's car to Pearl High School. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and a trenchcoat,[1] he made no attempt to hide his rifle. When he entered the school, he fatally shot Lydia Kaye Dew and Christina Menefee, his former girlfriend. Pearl High School assistant band director, Jeff Cannon, was standing five feet away from Dew when she was fatally shot. Woodham went on to wound seven others before leaving, intending to drive off campus and conduct another shooting at the nearby Pearl Junior High School. However, assistant principal Joel Myrick had retrieved a .45 pistol from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued Woodham inside his mother's car. Then Myrick demanded "Why did you shoot my kids?" to which Woodham replied, "Life has wronged me, sir."[2]

The operative sentence is highlighted...he had to retrieve his handgun from the glove compartment of his truck...first. If he had it in his office, others may not have died.

There's not much society can do about about the oddball lunatic taking a few people out...there is something we can do to keep a tragedy from becoming a complete massacre.

nmewn's picture

Sure got quiet around this section of the thread didn't it? ;-)

////////////////// just keeps getting worse & worse for our soft, academic, touchy-feely gun grabbing friends coming over from the Daily Kos (like the ghouls they are).

Figured I better grab this before it got discovered and disappeared down the interwebs rabbit hole of "What?...Got any proof?"

"(Principal) Hochsprung recently installed a new security system to ensure student safety.

In a letter this fall to parents, Hochsprung said that every visitor would be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance after the doors locked at 9:30 a.m.

A staff member would use a visual monitoring system to determine entry.

Parents and visitors then had to report directly to the main office and sign in. Parents would also be asked for photo identification if the staff didn't recognize them.

In a letter addressed to "Members of our Sandy Hook Family," she asked parents to be patient with the school district's new system in all elementary schools.

"Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1,000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification," Hochsprung wrote.

Hochsprung said glitches would be inevitable, and parents might have to wait to be buzzed inside the school because office staff is often busy on the phone, in the copy room or handling student concerns.

"Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically," Hochsprung said.

How do we stop the violence?

"We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative," she wrote.

On her principal's page of the school website, Hochsprung emphasizes the school's "rich history of establishing high expectations and sustaining strong academic performance."

"Our Responsive Classroom approach focuses on the benefits of a climate of kindness and respect where all community members feel accepted, important, and secure," Hochsprung wrote.

On Friday, the district's webpage featured a gallery of school photos with the caption "Safe School Climate."

The murderer was either buzzed in by "highly skilled government school staff" or the ONLY security involved at this school was a locked door with a remote camera.

Yeah, they got it all figured out, trust them.

cougar_w's picture

That's great news, it was only a knife. Stitches and scars.

In America it's a trunk full of shotguns and AR-15 and everyone dies instantly for 100 yards in all directions.

Deny it. Slander those who tell it ye, or admit it for your factious purposes and make it worse.'s picture


Stitches and scars.



Note to self: stock up on really big band-aids.

Recent years have seen a series of often-deadly attacks on Chinese schools. Among the worst was a March 2010 attack, when a man used a knife to kill eight students outside a school in Fujian province.



nmewn's picture

Guns are the problem in mass murder eh?

The Happy Land Fire...87 dead...gasoline.

Or lets pull up America's deadliest school mass murder itself, what was the tool used?


I'm surprised at your ignorance cougar. In the first instance, the gasoline didn't spread itself and ignite. In the second instance, explosives didn't get placed under THE SCHOOLS by elves.


I forgot to add on the TWO school bombings in Michigan that killed the innocent (adults & children) was done by a government employee who was no stranger to the school.

Regards ;-)

elementary's picture

Why just banksters? Add politicians and judges.

waterhorse's picture

and captured regulators and lobbyists.  DEFINITELY lobbyists.

ImReady's picture

But... But it was a "Gun Free Zone "... Didn't the criminal know? Perfect reason for concealed carry imho. 

ImReady's picture

But... But it was a "Gun Free Zone "... Didn't the criminal know? Perfect reason for concealed carry imho. 

john39's picture

SSRI and other anti-depression medications are often linked to mass murder attacks...  a fact largely concealed by the corporate owned media.

Wakanda's picture

I wanna see a list of the drugs the shooter was on.

john39's picture

dark times...  22 kids were attacked by a guy with knife today in China as well:


Troll Magnet's picture

Ban ALL knives!  And forks!  And chopsticks!  

john39's picture

note, almost impossible for a citizen to legally own a gun in China...   so they use knives...  as mentioned in article linked above, the gov required the use of a national ID card when buying large knives....  you can't make this shit up.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



22 kids were attacked by a guy with knife today in China as well:

Then I doubt these assaults are coincidental.  At the risk of being downvoted to oblivion I'll raise the possiblity of false flag, and no it's not being disrespectful to the victims nor their families. 

Let's watch and see what legislation slips thru congress now.  Remember, they had the Patriot Act already written and waiting on 9/11.

supafuckinmingster's picture

john39: "dark times...  22 kids were attacked by a guy with knife today in China as well:



Yeah that is very fucking disturbing alright.

F. Bastiat's picture

TV.  The copycat violence impelled by the images, fantasies, and illusions conjured up by the mass-TV-media are legion.

TBT or not TBT's picture

A guy named "John" wrote the last book of the bible, the Apocalypse almost two millenia ago, without TV or science fiction books to help.   The human imagination is about what it always was.

Raymond Reason's picture

I wanna see a list of the drugs the shooter was on.


Not only that, but who has he been in contact with for the last 3 months. 

blunderdog's picture

Good call.  This may be why gummit built that info-warehouse in Utah.  And people COMPLAIN?  Sheesh.

kridkrid's picture

It'll be good to know more than just that. The Colorado shooter had a fascination about mind control. Studied it, wrote about it...dabbled. MSM didn't seem to think it was important enough to mention or write about.

A Nanny Moose's picture

SSRIs are on the list of common drug therapies for Aspergers.

Frank N. Beans's picture

link? yes

cause?  maybe, maybe not

sometimes the drugs just don't work


john39's picture

better to be depressed, because the world is in fact fucked up, than to drug yourself into a ticking time bomb/zombie...

Raymond Reason's picture

Hi doses of Niacin (vit B3) has been the most effective cure for all forms of mental illness, WITHOUT side effects.  It is both effective and cheap, therefore it is almost never used.   See studies by Drs. Abrham Hoffer and Andrew Saul. 

Orange Pekoe's picture

My vote on most violence is niacin deficiency from eating too much junk. The pandemic vitamin deficiency disease pellagra causes aggression and confusion. Millions of people on food stamps eating junk? Rising food prices? No problem! 

A Nanny Moose's picture

I'm sure the FDA does all it can to stifle the dissemination of such information.

Looks like The Teleprompter was right. We need to eat our peas.

DaveyJones's picture

your friendly drug companies repeatedly denied any connection between their manufactured pills and the possibility of a violent reaction. When some of them produced their newest anti depressant (mostly for profit) and published their qualities in PDR, they were (as always) required to state what was unique about this latest version. They, no joke, stated that this version did not cause the violent reaction....

still, in your defense, I must say this violent trend is not surprising. Maybe I am completely biased by working both sides of criminal justice for two decades but I think this stuff will continue to grow. I also agree that it has a lot to do with external factors and a growing and severe mental illness in our young people. Look at the world we are handing them. Look at lies we are telling them. Look at the hypocrisy we shove into their face every day in an act more damaging than the underlying harm that is our lie. Look at their stress. How can we expect them to have any respect let alone understand our most intuitive moral rules when every aspect of authority is breaking them which, in the end, is breaking them. 

As many have said, the ironic tragedy is they take it out on the very last folks to blame. but that only proves the depth of our damage and the depth of these ugly truths.. I can only hope, as things get worse enough folks, who are blessed with strength and true mental health will steer their outrage in the right direction....      

john39's picture

a random guy with a gun is a murderer/terrorist....   dropping a nuclear weapon on a civilian city in an already defeated nation to send a message to a third country enemy is considered saving lives....     or, as pointed out above, how many kids have been blown to pieces by drones in Pakistan or elsewhere in the ME by a guy who was awarded a nobel peace prize?   

TBT or not TBT's picture

One word.   Okinawa.    The japanese would have fought to the death on the mainland.    Dropping the bombs caused far far fewer casualties.

MsCreant's picture

Good post DaveyJ. You touch a lot of things my son and I have been discussing lately. I don't know how to take away his cynicism when I am so cynical myself. Innocent and cynical is a really odd combination to see your child embody. Events like this sure don't help.

DaveyJones's picture

Thank you MsC. I have some bad news to update. I guess it proves the point. Maybe not. My seventeen year old called angy and stressed. She gets angry when she gets stressed. And my wife called crying. It seems a kid at my child's high school shot and killed himself with a gun in our high school parking lot. No one else was hurt.

We really do need to take a step back here. Our children are our canaries. We owe them more than our fucking coal mines.

Cathartes Aura's picture


Our children are our canaries

this.  it's an obvious statement, yet rarely mentioned amidst all the ranting about individual rights.

this suicide has a demographic in common with the mass-shooter today, and it's worth noting whether folks here think so or not.

the culture is destroying itself, from the top down.

cougar_w's picture

It certainly is. The young have clearly given up. I don't know how a society can go forward when its young people cannot but kill themselves and their peers.

I read something recently that rang true. That America in its sterile malls and collasal freeways and violent media built a landscape of scary places, and became a nation of scary people.

If that's true, then our fate is sealed. We are in the nightmare, the nightmare became us, and the nightmare will now devour us whole.

A strange and terrible fate. A strange and terrible way to go.

nmewn's picture

As a "cynical brother" to both MsC and Davey, I would just like to point out, that most kids are not homicidal maniacs.

They're just like MsC's, Davey's and mine...normal.

Cathartes Aura's picture

this culture breeds sociopathy, intentionally destroys empathy.

it's not universal, but it does dominate everything the majority plugs itself into.

days like these make me grateful for the people around me who still have the ability to feel, not just react in defensive angry outbursts.  and to care about young folks.  people with the ability to put themselves into a young persons head space, and realise just how nightmarish the world must appear to them without loving support around. . .

peace coug.

DaveyJones's picture

Although a lot of sick bastards set her sails, like every other, this society does its greatest damage unintentionally through stupidity, arrogance and greed. Empathy destruction is a sick, fascinating example. For his men, the soldier falls on a grenade but thinks his enemy is a dog. For his students, the Stanford undergraduate can be the screaming prisoner or the sadistic guard. Like strange tricks played by our own immune system. The Glasgow working hand, shoved into underground and crowded living quarters, scrambling though the first ugly glimpse into the industrial (and ironically named) "revolution," either died from contracted disease or survived through a bizzare immune system transformation that saved him in the short run only to have his life shut down many years early at the back end. As Cougar calls it, we're living a sick inverted version where our young, scrambling through these collapsing structures are shutting down and striking out.           

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

CA,you've hit on what I believe may be the crux of the issue. The lack of empathy and connection to others, especially for younger people today. While they think they are more "connected" due to Facebook, they are actually living very solitary, isolated lives. When i was younger my friends and close adults help me through some horrible times by just being present, supportive and lending a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. Everyone now is too busy to talk to a kid and take the time to figure them out. " what's that Johnny? Well, mommys busy....go play on your Xbox". I do get it .....we're all stressed out about current global events that are coming at us at all sides. All of us here are acutely aware of this. However, may be we should cut out some of the noise and focus a bit more on the kids. They're killing each other.


TBT or not TBT's picture

Kids played at war and "killing" eachother long before there were Xboxes, or guns, or metallurgy of any kind.     That's how mammals learn while growing up, by playing.

Itch's picture

Folks who are blessed with "strength and true mental health" would not multiply in the first place... aka tie a fucking knot in it. 

alangreedspank's picture

The root of it all it awful parenting which is still very common contrary to popular belief. The drugs are used to keep this problem under wrap instead of facing it. Sadly those drugs make people lose their marbles even more so.

Raymond Reason's picture

Parenting is more difficult now.  In the past, a parents efforts were supported and reinforced by culture.  Now parents must work twice as hard to counteract the deleterious influences of culture.  (And work two jobs.)